NACCHO's HIV and STI Prevention program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to prevent, control, and manage HIV and other STIs in their communities. NACCHO supports local health department HIV and STI prevention efforts by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, facilitating peer information exchange, and providing learning opportunities. Additionally, NACCHO advocates for science and evidence-based HIV and STI-related policies and the necessary federal funding to sustain and enhance HIV and STI prevention, control, care, treatment, and research.
NACCHO’s HIV/STI Prevention Workgroup (HSPW) provides guidance to NACCHO’s HIV and STI prevention program. Additionally, the HSPW promotes the role of local health departments in HIV and STI prevention activities by providing expert advice, sharing examples of successful local practices, and making policy recommendations.
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy Initiative
The goal of NACCHO's HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy Initiative is to increase the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to prevent HIV in their communities and to support information exchange between LHDs and partners at the national, state, and local levels. Through this project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NACCHO disseminates tools, resources, and other information to support LHD HIV prevention activities; identifies and shares examples of effective LHD HIV prevention practices and policies; facilitates information exchange and partnership development between LHDs and their partners at the national, state, and local levels; and coordinates NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention Sentinel Network, a group of 90 LHD HIV/STI prevention staff that respond to queries about HIV-related issues to provide situational awareness.
Local Health Department STD Prevention and Infrastructure Project
The goal of NACCHO's Local Health Department STD Prevention and Infrastructure project is to increase the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) in their communities. This project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of STD Prevention.
PrEP for HIV Prevention and Local Health Departments
Communities across the United States are at varying stages of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, awareness and delivery. Achieving the full promise of PrEP will require coordination among many groups, including local and state health departments, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations. To help achieve this promise, NACCHO developed this educational series to (1) increase awareness and knowledge of the role of PrEP for HIV prevention and (2) explore the potential roles for local health departments in delivering PrEP or supporting PrEP delivery as part of comprehensive HIV prevention programs. The educational series is geared towards local health department HIV and STD program managers and staff;however it is intended that the series will also be a useful resource for healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and other key partners in HIV prevention. Visit NACCHO's PrEP for HIV Prevention homepage to find out more.
NACCHO's educational series about PrEP and comprehensive HIV prevention is supported by funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Adolescent HIV, other STIs, and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
NACCHO worked with CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to increase the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to implement and maintain effective policies and systems to improve the sexual health of students and prevent HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. Through this project, NACCHO worked closely with the education agencies and their health department and community partners in Palm Beach County, Florida and Houston, Texas to develop action plans to address adolescent sexual health in their jurisdictions. Additionally, NACCHO collaborated with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, who was also funded by DASH, to establish the Building Bridges for Adolescent Sexual Health through State-Local Collaboration (Building Bridges) project. The goal of the project was to build and enhance collaboration among state and local health and education agencies and their partners to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents. The project was launched in March 2012 with the health and education agencies in Texas and Houston. Project activities focused on supporting the structure and function of school health advisory councils (SHACs) to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents in Texas. In January 2013, the Building Bridges project delivered a webinar on SHACs, titled "School Health Advisory Councils: National, State, and Local Perspectives on the Value of SHACs for Supporting Children and Adolescents." The archived webinar can be accessed here.
Through a previous cooperative agreement with DASH, NACCHO implemented a demonstration site project to build the capacity of local education and health agencies to prevent adolescent HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy in their communities. To learn more about NACCHO's Adolescent HIV/STI and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Demonstration Sites Project, click here.
Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Certification Project
NACCHO worked with the CDC's Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) to assess and evaluate the feasibility of a national standardized certification program for Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). DIS are public health workers who locate and counsel individuals with sexually transmitted diseases and perform anonymous partner notification for their contacts and associates at risk for infection. They are a flexible workforce with a vital set of skills that can also be utilized during public health emergencies. NACCHO, advised by the input of field staff and collaborative partner agencies, defined DIS professional capabilities, explored the current landscape of available trainings for DIS, and provided recommendations for the creation of a national certification program for DIS.